What’s in My Bag: Kilimanjaro Edition

Packing. Ugh. For as much as I love to travel, I do not love to pack. And I have a confession to make, I’m a recovering over-packer. For ages I over-packed for every trip, a flaw that I blame on my years in Girls Scouts where the motto was, “Always Prepared.” My ass. “Always Prepared” means […]

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It was in the Stars: Climbing Africa’s Highest Peak

It was April 11, 2014, a Friday morning. I sent an email at 11:30a to a few friends and by 11:43a we had committed to a momentous and somewhat ridiculous undertaking together. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for years and was one of first items on my Life List. But it always seemed like […]

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Annnd Somehow I’m 30

Today, I turned 30. I’m sitting in a coffee shop in Portland, Oregon. Just sitting here thinking – how the fuck did I get this old?! I have no phobia about aging, no anxiety about the 3-0 (I’m actually really looking forward to my 30’s), but it just feels like the past decade or so […]

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Finding a Moment of Peace in Kazbegi, Georgia

I shouldn’t have had such an obscenely large breakfast. The toast and eggs and yogurt and sliced cheese and cucumbers bounced around in my stomach until the mere act of sitting still was uncomfortable. But then again, I wasn’t sitting still at all. Like the morning’s breakfast in my gut, I too was being bounced […]

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